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What’s New for 2019
2019 U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship
SentryWorld is proud to host the 71st U.S. Girls’ Junior Championship on July 22–27, 2019. The USGA chose SentryWorld as the first site in Wisconsin to host this prestigious event. Attendance is free and open to the public. SentryWorld—Wisconsin’s first destination golf course—was developed by Sentry Insurance in 1982 as part of a sports complex that includes indoor tennis courts, banquet space, and restaurants. The 7,237-yard championship golf course was designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. In 2013, Jones returned to oversee a major renovation that increased the total yardage and upgraded nearly every feature of the course, including new tee boxes to create a greater variety of shots. The project was led by on-course architects Bruce Charlton and Jay Blasi.
New Construction/Capital Projects
Green Circle Trail Trailhead Facility
The Green Circle Trailhead project will serve as a public gateway to the popular 27-mile Green Circle Trail. An estimated 125,000 people use the trail annually. The trailhead will feature a 50-person open-air shelter constructed of stone and timber, a fully insulated year-round restroom facility, and an overflow parking lot. The shelter will be dedicated in honor of Roy Menzel, one of the founders of the Green Circle.
The Cultural Commons
Cultural Commons is an interactive garden and education space and will be located at the south end of Pfiffner Pioneer Park next to the lagoon and alongside the Green Circle Trail. This project will commemorate the Rotary Club of Stevens Point’s 100th Anniversary, as well as the three sister partner cities. It is slated to be opened to the public in 2019.
Zenoff Park Turf Project
The Zenoff Park Turf Project will replace the sand infield with turf, which allows play to resume more quickly when wet conditions would prohibit their use. Zenoff Park, and it’s three ball diamonds, currently host several tournaments throughout the year including Badger State Games and the Stevens Point Youth Baseball Association’s tournaments. The project will allow for increased use for both tournament and league play.
Village of Plover Band Shell at Lake Pacawa
The newest addition to the outdoor entertainment spaces available in the Stevens Point Area will be realized with the completion of the bandshell at Lake Pacawa in Plover. The facility will provide a space for musical events, movie nights, children’s entertainment and activities, community events, and non-profit events from May through October.
Pankowski Friends Amphitheater Project: Schmeeckle Reserve
The Pankowski Friends Amphitheater project is the first major capital improvement project for the Friends of Schmeeckle organization. It will provide an outdoor space for Friends-sponsored educational programs and special events, including Candlelight Hike Festivals that attract over 4,000 people annually. It will also serve as a unique venue for community programs, plays, concerts and other performances. The amphitheater will be designed with sandstone seating for 200, a timber-frame stage with lighting and sound and native landscaping. The project broke ground on September 7, 2018, to complete the first phase which includes excavation, stone seating, concrete, trail surfacing, and stage structure to be completed by December 15, 2018. The second phase, which includes electricity, lights, storage cabinet, audio system, and native plantings, will take place during the 2019 construction season.
Lighted Cross-Country Ski Trail: Standing Rocks County Park
Standing Rocks County Park, a popular 524-acre park in the Stevens Point Area, will be offering more chances for winter fun starting in 2018-2019 winter season. A lighted trail will now exist in the park, exclusively for cross-country skiing. The trail will be near a new building, in the works for next year, known as the Behnke-Olson Outdoor Recreation Center. The 2,500 square foot building will contain attached open-air pavilion, a 24/7 access to bathrooms and water for pass holders. In 2015-2016 the park began using snow-making equipment to extend the available downhill skiing opportunities to more than 50 days per year. Standing Rocks County Park is located seven miles east of the Plover on Highway B. The park is known for its difficult mountain biking trails, multiple disc golf courses, which hosts Midwest-based tournaments, popular cross-country running course and extensive dog park in addition to the winter recreation opportunities.
Local Makers Market adds to the downtown shopping scene
Agora Local Makers Market opened in 2018 in Downtown Stevens Point. The market offers a place for area makers to sell their goods and to showcase the uniqueness that Central Wisconsin has.
Putt-N-Play, which opened with 18-holes of indoor mini-golf in late 2017, has recently expanded and is now offering outdoor laser tag in the Stevens Point Area.
New restaurants were welcomed to the region in 2018
Mama Mai’s Noodles is small family-run restaurant known for their home-cooked meals serving southeastern Asian foods including Pho, Hmong egg rolls and pad-Thai.
Main Street Taps opened its doors in downtown Stevens Point with 40 craft beers on tap, hosting live entertainment events including music and comedy.
Uncle Adi’s Gyros opened in late 2018 in Stevens Point with a menu featuring Greek favorites like gyros, bureks and baklava.
Where to find other Travel Trends in the Stevens Point Area
Women-Only Travel – emphasis on outdoor adventures
Becoming an Outdoors-Woman celebrated 25 years in 2016 and continues to inspire and educate women through hands-on workshops, through the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
Star-Gazing – off the beaten path and away from light pollution
Head to camp, for the best views under the stars in the Stevens Point Area. If you are lucky, and plan in advance, you can snag one of the most popular spots at Jordan County Park, surrounded by water on three sides in their canoe sites in the park.
Hotels with Art – murals, art collections, artist-in-residence programs, gallery nights
While it isn’t a hotel, there is a new lodging property, tucked in Nelsonville, Wisconsin, that hosts artist residencies. The Tomorrow River Homestead was opened in 2017 and has been a labor of love for central Wisconsin transplants, Rue and Zay, originally from the Pacific Northwest.
Insta-Tourism – planning an itinerary around places that are particularly photogenic
Here are the top-ten Instagram-worthy spots in the Stevens Point Area.
Fido-Friendly – not just pet-friendly hotels, but restaurants, bars and activities too
O’so Brewing Company, and their adjoining tap house with 40 Wisconsin beers on tap, allow dogs to sit while their best friends sip.
Belts’ Soft Serve, a staple for summertime treats in the Stevens Point Area, has been serving up pup cups for their four-legged friends, when in season. Find more Fido-Friendly spots here.
Wellness Travel – rise of spas, yoga retreats, healthy food, unplugging from technology
Get away and improve your wellbeing with a weekend at the Artha Sustainable Living Center, by attending a Yoga Retreat. The Center, also home to a Bed & Breakfast, is located on 55-acres and is open year-round, though in the summer guests are treated to breakfast daily with food grown right on the grounds.